No Panic At Newcastle After Only 2 Points from 5 Games

Newcastle have gone the last 5 games and picked up only 2 points.

Check Tiote – in action on Saturday

Three defeats and two draws in the last five games, and when that happened last season, Chris Hughton was fired following the 3-1 defeat at WBA on 5th December.

But there’s no such panic going on this season, with Newcastle still fairly well placed in the Premier League in 7th position, 2 points behind Liverpool and 4 points in front of Stoke City, and with a better goal difference.

Newcastle were back to somewhere near their best form last Saturday, after the wheels came off at Norwich City, where we lost 4-2 and played with no recognized center-backs, and unfortunately it showed.

Newcastle conceded four poor goals, when we had only conceded 8 goals in the first 11 league games of the season, and at Carrow Road three goals were conceded from set plays – not good.

But certainly Alan Pardew is not panicking at all:

 “Sometimes you just need a break. We put balls across and hit a post. Demba had a brilliant swivel, which could have gone in.”

“They have a good work ethic, a good spirit, they slowed the game and made it difficult for us. Outside of their nice play, they had all the tricks in the book, don’t you worry about that.”

“Had we scored in the first half, it would’ve been a very difficult game. I think Brendan Rodgers will be pleased to get a draw here.”

It was great to see Cheick Tiote back in the side after being out since October 22nd with his knee injury, and Coloccini made a huge difference at the back, after he had missed the Norwich disaster with a thigh problem.

But Fabricio as expected, had another good game and made it easy for James Perch at the back.

James looked solid alongside the Argentine International on Saturday,  and helped to get the job done, and it was very good for the side to get their 5th clean sheet of the season.

We need another one of those on Wednesday night and maybe we can get a win, and we certainly need one against WBA.

Alan talked about having Cheick back on Saturday:

“He has been out for four weeks and trained two days! Obviously we’ve done some work in the gym with him – but it was touch and go whether he was going to start.”

“The impact of his name on the team sheet for us and them was going to be significant. Outside of his first couple of touches, he was terrific.”

Alan had said before the game on  Friday that if Cheick was fit, he would start on the bench, and that he was only 30-70.

And Pardew also had said that Coloccini was only 50-50 for the game, but those comments were obviously to keep Swansea guessing, as Colo had said in an interview with nufcTV on Friday that he was OK and ready to play.

Cheick was great on Saturday and he’s become a very well liked figure at Newcastle.

That’s not only because he’s a good player and loves life at Newcastle,  but he uses his wages from the club to support his five brothers and three sisters back home in the Ivory Coast.

There’s something very good about having a player like that at Newcastle, and we have to hope Liverpool or Chelsea don’t come in with silly money for him next month.

We want to keep this lad at Newcastle, and he can become one of the stalwarts of the side still under construction on Tyneside.

Howay The Lads!! 

10 comments so far

  • Slank

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Every team goes through a bad patch in the season, ours being now and hopefully ending on Wednesday. And it’s only a matter of time before some visiting team gets a right tonking by us.

    For the Wednesday game I think we need to play Ben Arfa in some capacity as we need someone with a bit of trickery and an ability to get past opposition players.

    To accommodate Ben Arfa the options appear to be:
    a) alongside Ba instead of Best
    b) on the right wing instead of Obertan
    c) in the middle alongside Tiote in Cabaye’s absence

    Difficult choice.

  • MrToon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    No need to panic, I will still be very happy with a top ten, Seventh would be magic. but i can’t see it happening without investment in Jan. I think loosing tiote would be an absolute disaster. not only because he is one of our best players, But I think it would really damage teame spirit.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Of course there should b no panic we’ve jus played both Manchester clubs n Chelsea in those 5games, Norwich was poor but we were really good v Swansea it jus wouldnt go in

  • davybtoon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    When will ppl listen pardew said no one will leave unless it silly money n 25mill is not silly money when u think worse players like Carroll n Henderson went for more n jus under that, if someone wants cheick it’s gonna take around 35mill again

  • MrToon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    ld rather keep tiote than get £35 and damage team moral.

  • taker83

    Dec 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with you MR Toon.The team should be built around Tiote.We got a world class player in the form of tiote…why want to sell him if he himself is happy at Newcastle.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Get rid of Perch – he bring BAD LUCK to the team

  • abbo

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    get rid of brutooon – he is a tw*t

  • Kiwigeordie

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    now that coloccini and tiote have returned we should return to having the stingiest defence in the league, also I think that pardrew is handleing ben arfa well and forceing ben arfa to play out of his skin to keep his spot


    Dec 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    There are two players who we need to keep in January:

    One is TIOTE and the other is COLLO!
    The thing which i really fear most though is that big money offers will be made by either Chelsea, ManU or Totenham for the two above and also for Krul who Harry has his beady eyes on! Liverpool are also sniffing around and it would,nt surprise me if they came calling too!
    This all adds up to the fact that i am starting to hate the teams who ar above or just below us at the moment!

    Ashley will jump at any 20Mil plus bids for any of the above! And on that fact can there be no doubt! I said it first here! Don,t be suprised if all of the above are sold to the highest bidder by the time the window slams shut!

    With the worst scenario the sale of any of the above will see us come Feb/March time sliding down the table quicker than a whores draws somewhere around the Bigg Market on a Saturday evening!

    No demonstrations outside the ground will stop the Fat Ash doing just exactly what he wants coz at the end of the day the owner is only interested in his Profit Margins and how best to maintain them! And he will do with his club exactly what he wants!

    Just trying to warn you all before this all happens!
    Prepare for the worst!


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